Audiobooks or reading?

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Audiobooks or reading?

Post by Stonecarver » Thu Dec 28, 2017 3:15 pm

I prefer audiobooks myself as you can do other stuff.Apart from saving my eyesight I can rip through quite a few every week.
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Re: Audiobooks or reading?

Post by omega man » Thu Dec 28, 2017 4:01 pm

I think that both have a place, I really like to enjoy audiobooks whilst driving but tend to settle down with a physical book (well Kindle paperwhite) at bedtime or to relax of an eve.
One issue I have with audiobooks is that if I don't like the 'readers' voice I just can't listen to it :(


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Post by jansman » Thu Dec 28, 2017 5:10 pm

My late grandmother was a voracious reader all her life.She never owned a tv.,so she was never distracted from her books.Sadly ,towards the end of her life she developed Macular Degeneration.The RNIB set her up with audio books,which she listened to,but never really liked as much as paper ( as she once told me).

I like to listen to plays on the radio ( which is little like an audio book),and as stonecarver pointed out,enables other activity. I have a Kindle too.You know what though? I still prefer a book made of paper! A Kindle download is never the same as getting a new book. :D
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Post by pseudonym » Thu Dec 28, 2017 5:25 pm

My kindle has both stored on it. It has re-kindled my love of books. :mrgreen:
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Post by ForgeCorvus » Thu Dec 28, 2017 7:07 pm

Fiction and other entertainment (in other words, stuff I'm unlikely to read more then once) goes on the kindle.
Anything I want to keep and/or re-read tends to be analog

Reference books need to be 'real tree' as you tend to go backwards and forwards a lot checking things

I'll play music when I'm doing something else, but I either miss half the details of a story or fluff the other task
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Re: Audiobooks or reading?

Post by piglet » Sat Dec 30, 2017 9:04 pm

I own a kindle but rarely use it as i prefer real books.

I bought an Audio book once and listened to it in the car, and quite enjoyed it even though the narrators attempts at various voices and accents were at times irritating.

I spend a lot of time in the car and these days make copies from the catch-up programmes like iplayer, which I put onto USB to listen to whilst driving.

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Post by grenfell » Thu Jan 04, 2018 12:39 pm

A while ago I listened to a biography of Mao on audiobooks , something like six or seven cd's worth if I recall. Voiced by an American it was certainly useful for the pronunciations of the Chinese names although there wasn't an index where I could just look up a certain person if I was struggling to remember just who they were. They certainly have a place although I still favour paper books , if nothing else they don't need a functioning internet , power grid , charged batteries or whatever.

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Re: Audiobooks or reading?

Post by OperationPrep » Sun Jun 24, 2018 6:32 pm

I mostly use audiobooks for commuting, which is around an hour a day total, so could get through an average length book in a couple of weeks at most. I like reading at lunch or in my free evenings during the week. If I do any travelling to visit family or friends (most weekends)I will usually read more than audiobook. I find that if I audibook too much I need to have a break from it, which is what i am going through currently.

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